The Bachelor of Innovation™ in Women’s and Ethnic Studies is a cross-disciplinary degree that combines Women’s and Ethnic Studies with Engineering and Business. A collaboration between the WEST department in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Business, this unique degree will provide students with knowledge and skills of a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Ethnic Studies while providing entrepreneurial, technical and team-based skills that are essential in the professional world. The Women’s and Ethnic Studies BI provides students with highly marketable skills to theorize, analyze and strategize about issues of diversity and inclusion that can be applied across many professional fields. Moreover, BI WEST students will participate in several high level collaborative projects, internships and produce professional work that will give them a distinct advantage in launching meaningful careers.

A BI in Women’s and Ethnic Studies captures the heart of a WEST degree by teaching students to innovatively transform society by thinking critically about the intersections of race, class, gender,sexuality, disability, nationality and other hierarchies; to understand history, culture and society from a range of perspectives, including those emanating from individuals and communities whose stories and lives have been marginalized; to advocate for human rights and social and environmental justice; and to develop consciousness about multiethnic and gender issues locally, domestically,globally and transnationally.

The program seeks to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning. In addition to the normal competence to be expected of a graduate with a bachelor degree in women’s and ethnic studies, students will develop the critical thinking skills, multifaceted team oriented skills and basic innovation background to ensure that they can effectively compete in the changing career landscape in areas driven by innovation.

Degree Requirements
The Women’s and Ethnic Studies major requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of WEST course work and a minimum of 21 credit hours of upper-division (3000+ level) WEST course work.
All WEST courses must have a grade of “C” or better.

Innovation Core (24 Credits)

Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)

English (3 Credits)

Mathematics (6 Credits)

Area Requirements (27 Credits) This includes Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

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